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2004 Decatur Open Photos

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From left, co-director Walt Chenault, champion Tai Long Tey, finalist Chandramouli Shankaren, co-director Michael Wetzel. Photo by Ed Watts.

Louisville, KY had finalists in 4 events.

Joe Mozur of Gulf Breeze, Fla., practices at the Aquadome on the eve of the 13th annual Decatur Open. Decatur Daily Photo by Dan Henry.

2004 Decatur Open AA champion Joe Mozur of Gulf Breeze, Fla, once worked as an Russian interpreter for President Reagan in 1988. Mozur is shown behind Nancy and Ronald Reagan on Arbat Street in Moscow during their visit with Mikhail Gorbachev. Click here for the story. U.S. State Department Photo.

Brian Nichols of Decatur dons his 2004 Decatur Open t-shirt while waiting for his next match. Photo by Emily Saunders.

Yixi Tu of Nashville was a semifinalist in Class AA at 13th annual Decatur Open on Aug. 21, 2004. Decatur Daily Photo by Emily Saunders.

Tracy Hancock of Cottontown, TN has been a regular in Decatur Open tournaments since 1999. Photo by Emily Saunders.

Allyson Ellis of Memphis was the highest rated woman at the 13th annual Decatur Open. Photo by Emily Saunders.

Carl Lewis of Memphis enjoyed a good day completing the AA event as a semifinalist. Photo by Emily Saunders.

2002 Alabama champion Jason Denton of Trinity, AL reached the quarterfinals for the first time. Photo by Emily Saunders.

Keith Peterman of Dothan, AL won the BB event. Photo by Michael Wetzel.

Two smooth players, Jens Kujat (from Germany, lives in Nashville) and Francois Charvet (from Belgium, lives in Atlanta) in action in Decatur. Wonder in what language they kept the score? Photo by Michael Wetzel.

An unusual number of practice partner pairs ended up competing against each other in the afternoon rounds, such as Alex Lehocky and Roger Dickson of Tennessee seen here. Other hometown club pairings included Roger Jett vs. Dennis Prather of Murray, Ky. and Joe Mozur vs. Johnny Billy of South Alabama. Photo by Michael Wetzel.

Up and coming Shelby Lane, 13, of Memphis returned again, this year qualifying with the big boys into the Open event. The week earlier, Shelby picked up three bronze medals at the Junior Olympics in Iowa. Photo by Michael Wetzel.

Tournament committee member Chip Patton of Madison gave eventual tournament winner Tai Long Tey of Memphis a bit of a warm-up in the champion division in afternoon action. Photo by Michael Wetzel.

All the Decatur Open players are "top drawer", here a number of Kentucky players on the "top row" as well. From left are: John Moore (standing) of Mayfield, Ky., Aaron Sagraves of Murray, Ky., Andrew Davis of Boaz, Ky., Joseph Moore of Mayfield, Ky., Brad Williams of Hickory, Ky., and Roger Jett of Murray, Ky. Photo by Michael Wetzel.

Tournament Co-Director Walt Chenault presents Emma Veliz of Baton Rouge, LA with her class B semifinalist trophy in front of the Pepsi-Decatur table tennis banner outside the Aquadome Recreation Center on Aug. 21, 2004. Emma's esposo, Rafael, was a quarterfinalist in the championship division. Congrats to the Velizes. Photo by Michael Wetzel.